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Mitch Marner signs six-year, $65 million extension with Maple Leafs, ending long restricted free agency saga


Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs reached a six-year extension worth more than $65 million on Friday, bringing an end to a roller coaster ride that has dragged on for months.


The new deal carries an average annual value and salary cap hit of $10.893 million, making Marner the second-highest paid winger in the NHL straight off of his entry-level contract.


The addition of free agent signing John Tavares likely helped spike Marner's offensive numbers in Toronto last season, as he posted a career-high in goals (26), assists (68) and points (94).


The 25-point bump he saw playing alongside Tavares has helped Marner cash in big this offseason, though the negotiations reportedly got pretty bumpy at times.


There was little progress made throughout the summer months as Marner's camp seemed intent on seeking a payday similar to the one Auston Matthews got (five years, $11.6 million AAV) in February.


With the Leafs in a bit of a cap jam, general manager Kyle Dubas had to work to free up money and get to a number that would both suit the interests of the team and Marner.






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